2017 Homes on Tour
The Parrot House/The Richard Baxter Home
701 SW 12th Ave
This home has received Historic Designation Status with the city of Fort Lauderdale.
The Parrot House was constructed in 1914 according to the official record reference BD 3920 – Florida, Master Site File. The home is 103 years old having survived not only all the hurricanes of the past century but also the boom and bust real estate episodes and is today one of the very few remaining historical single family homes over 100 years old in Fort Lauderdale. The earliest registered owner of the Parrot House was Richard Baxter who was first registered around 1938 and owned the home all the way up to the early 1970’s. Since that time there have been several owners. We have owned the home since 2010 and we designated the name Parrot House since the previous owners established feeders that attracted several species of feral parrots that still visit daily. The landscaping of live oaks, Royal Palms, Sabal Palms and coconut trees creates an oasis where there are still moments when all is silent and no air planes fly overhead and you can still feel the essence of the early 20th century on the grounds.
1447 SW Grand Dr
Secluded Tidewater Creek Pioneer Family Finca – Riverside Park
The Freeman/West family is an early South Florida pioneer family having moved here in 1887. The C.J. West’s built the home, from commercial plans, a two-story wood vernacular bungalow in 1924. The home is constructed of Dade County pine. A concrete ranch house styled finca was designed by their son, Cappy West while he was on the war-torn beaches of Hollandia, New Guinea during World War II. He and Grayce (Pat) Perrin West completed building their home in 1948. Patsy West inherited the finca and is the daughter of Cappy and Grayce West. An ethno historian, author, and curator, Patsy lives on the family’s acre in the finca with her son and his family.
Patsy is graciously opening her home for this year’s Holiday Historic Home Tour. A mix of eclectic finds, the home is often called a “museum.” West’s décor features traditional art, ethnic art, Victorian furniture, family heirlooms and artifacts. With a beautiful collection of vintage glassware, Patsy also adorned the main living room with vintage glass Christmas tree ornaments. The yard is a maze of wooded paths which wind and crawl around the natural tropical hammock. You will feel as if you have stepped back in time surrounded by the native and exotic plants that call this their home, too. Ferns and bromeliads and open pavilions enable our guests to enjoy the sights and sounds and you will be amazed as you walk under the oak and mango trees festooned with hundreds of orchids. Relax under the pavilion and enjoy the breeze as you gaze upon more surprises - a couple of salvaged cannons and a Miccosukee Indian chickee - all by the ebb and flow of the historic tidal creek that borders two sides of the property.
Fort Lauderdale Fire House & Safety Museum
1022 W LAS OLAS BLVD
After the 1926 hurricane hit Fort Lauderdale, architect Francis Abreu was engaged by the city in 1927 to build the beautiful Mediterranean styled Station 3. This beautiful historic building, revived by volunteers as a 1920s fire station and education center, features an entry rotunda with a chandelier, wood beam ceilings, crown molding, inlaid tile eyebrow windows, gathering room fireplace, period furnishings in rooms – bedroom, restroom and kitchen and an outside fountain that served as a water source for horses. Featured exhibits showcase the service of firefighters since 1912, their uniforms, equipment and photos of their courageous service. The visiting children learn fire prevention and escape methods. Most exciting to the visitors are the two historic fire engines and the fire alarm exhibit showing how the fire station functioned in the 1920s.
Casa de Colee
SE 4th Street
1930 Mediterranean Revival
Authentic 1938 Spanish Mediterranean Revival home offers thick stucco walls, colorful glazed Cuban tile floors, Miami-Dade beamed vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and a gated portico entry. Selectively updated, restored, and renovated, this home boasts a formal foyer, a private bank of guest rooms, a secluded master and two well-proportioned lounges for entertaining. The breakfast room with vaulted ceiling offers a wall of windows facing an intimate and secluded little courtyard.
Stevens/Rogow Family Home
Circa 1949 - 1951
1001 NE 34th Court
This mid-century Oakland Park home was built between 1949-1951 by the great aunt and uncle of the current owner and has been in his family continuously for 68 years. The Stevens family were pioneers in Oakland Park, and two-family homes from the 1920s and 30s still stand a few blocks from the Stevens home. Mr. Stevens' mother, Caryl Stevens, has served as mayor of Oakland Park, and is hosting visitors on the tour. Historic photos show the Stevens family in the home since its construction.While the home has been modified over the years, notably by enclosing a screened in porch and carport to create more living space, the overall footprint is unchanged. Note the two bedrooms extend out from the house to allow for windows on three sides, a must before air conditioning. The kitchen, while modern, is in 50s style, with boomerang formica countertops and bright yellow cabinets. The formal living/dining area is decorated in classic mid-century style, and is divided by an open partition - also original to the house.